Attorney General Eric Holder in his remarks given to the Department of Justice in recognition of Black History Month said the following:

Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards. Though race related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion, and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race. It is an issue we have never been at ease with and given our nation’s history this is in some ways understandable. And yet, if we are to make progress in this area we must feel comfortable enough with one another, and tolerant enough of each other, to have frank conversations about the racial matters that continue to divide us. But we must do more- and we in this room bear a special responsibility. Through its work and through its example this Department of Justice, as long as I am here, must – and will – lead the nation to the “new birth of freedom” so long ago promised by our greatest President. This is our duty and our solemn obligation.

(HT: Politico)

I understand that we still have racial issues to work out.  But can we acknowledge that we’ve come a long way?  To say we are “nation of cowards” on race relations when we have our first African-American President and first African-American Attorney General seems ridiculous.  In the last administration we had, I believe our first African-American Secretary of Education, and then our first African-American Secretary of State.  Isn’t that progress?

Michelle Malkin states, that perhaps the Obama administration needs to get its house in order before comments like these are made – they don’t really want a dialogue, they just want the rest of us to shut up.

National Review – what’s objectionable… let us count the ways… not to mention we’ve been talking about race relations – a lot.

Michael Goldfarb asks remember the fuss when Phil Gramm called us a nation of whiners?  That wasn’t as bad as this.  At least Gramm’s statement was true.

Robert, let us know how you really feel on this topic.  I’d quote him, but I’ve got to keep this blog family friendly :).

The main thing is we’re talking.  We’re making progress. Can’t we celebrate progress that has been made, and realize too that it needs to be a multi-faceted, not just one way.  Besides, Holder likely owes his job to such cowardice.

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  1. Excuse, me???? The United States elected Barak Obama as President!!!! Holder is the First PC AA Attorney General!!!

  2. I watched some of his talks today and I must say I was offended because even though I'm in Canada, I'm sure he would say the same thing happens here. I found it offensive that he would suggest that if I hang out with other races at college or work, but don't hang out with them on the weekends, I am actually being racist! I don't hang out with anyone but my immediately family 90% of the time because I miss them when I am at work or school. I haven't seen my own best friend (fellow white girl) in 2 months even though we live in the same town, because we are both so busy with family commitments. I found today's talk to be racist all on it's own, coming from the speaker himself!

  3. I think it's good to recognize how far we've come. But there is also a tendency among whites to adopt an attitude of “Look, see! Some of you have achieved, and therefore the rest of you should stop whining!” It remains true that non-whites (Blacks, Hispanics and in recent years Arabs) are targeted more often and punished more harshly than whites when it comes to crime. Job discrimination based on having a name that “sounds” non white has been documented. Housing discrimination is still a big deal even in cities with many minorities. Etc.

    And no, I'm not just some bleeding liberal saying this. I'm married to a black woman and I've seen how treatment of me, as a white person, has changed for the worse since I did so. I've had to deal with housing discrimination, I've had to deal with being pulled over more often by police and even questioned as to who the woman sitting next to me is and why she's there. I have watched my wife's signature regularly compared to her credit card's VERY closely by cashiers after several white people in front of her got not a single second glance. Etc. And that was in Chicago!

    So, yes, progress has been made and progress is being made.

    But too often, once we see a very visible sign of progress, most of us white folk want…EVEN MORE…to avoid discussions about race relations.

    And that's why the problems continue to simmer under the surface and create straing, because we just want to wash our hands of it instead of ever acknowledigng it or really trying to stamp it out.

  4. Speaking of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder:

    Eric Holder is a racial-minority individual, and in his heart and mind he inevitably does not endorse hate crimes committed by George W. Bush.

    George W. Bush committed hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism (indicated in my blog).

    George W. Bush did in fact commit innumerable hate crimes.

    And I do solemnly swear by Almighty God that George W. Bush committed other hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism which I am not at liberty to mention.

    Many people know what Bush did.

    And many people will know what Bush did—even to the end of the world.

    Bush was absolute evil.

    Bush is now like a fugitive from justice.

    Bush is a psychological prisoner.

    Bush has a lot to worry about.

    Bush can technically be prosecuted for hate crimes at any time.

    In any case, Bush will go down in history in infamy.

    Submitted by Andrew Yu-Jen Wang
    B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1996
    Messiah College, Grantham, PA
    Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA, 1993

    I am not sure where I had read it before, but anyway, it is a linguistically excellent statement, and it goes kind of like this: “If only it were possible to ban invention that bottled up memories so they never got stale and faded.” Oh wait—off the top of my head—I think the quotation came from my Lower Merion High School yearbook.

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